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WATCH: Nancy Henkin on the importance of intergenerational contact

Nancy Henkin believes there isn’t enough contact across generations. For the past 30 years she’s been striving to remedy that imbalance. As the founder and executive director of the Intergenerational…

The Ingenuity Series Part 3: How to boost your creativity

Keeping with the creativity theme from last week, what can we do to augment our creative powers? One thing we know from the field of neuroscience is that, unlike computers,…

The Ingenuity Series Part 2: Make sure kids have the confidence to try out their ideas

Yesterday I wrote a post about the “creativity crisis” recently reported by Newsweek. Over the past 20 years, American children have steadily lost ground on a long-standing creativity assessment that’s…

The Ingenuity Series Part 1: How to reconstitute childhood and the American imagination

If you’re interested in children, education, social innovation, or, for that matter, the future of America, Newsweek‘s recent cover story on the “creativity crisis” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman…

Twitter Roundup – July 23: Google buys wind energy, MLB stars make PSAs, Paul Allen takes the Giving Pledge

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Google (@google) announced…

Earl Phalen wants to turn summer from a loss to an advantage for low-income kids

Summer. For some kids, it means freedom, swimming, endless days and lasting memories; sadly, for many it can also mean falling far behind at school. Researchers call it “summer learning…

Mini Case Study: How KaBOOM! uses the Web to teach thousands of communities to build their own playgrounds

Social innovators can learn from each others’ successes and failures. That’s the idea behind Dowser’s Mini Case Studies, real-world stories showing how changemakers confront practical challenges. From time to time,…

Eric D. Dawson on how to create world peace one school at a time

How would you go about creating a world where people live in peace? Rather than dismiss the question as hopelessly naive, think of it as a practical challenge. Where would…

Can Blue Engine Fellows bridge the gap between college-eligible and college-ready?

Think back to the toughest class you took in high school.  Would you have performed better with an experienced coach by your side?  And what if that coach had been…

Mini Case Study: Operation Warm’s Kim Fortunato on how to leverage a coat drive for maximum impact

PROBLEM: When Kim Fortunato joined Operation Warm as president in 2006, she was impressed by its vision and reach. The Pennsylvania-based organization provides new winter coats to kids who can’t…

Interview: Bob Lenz on how Envision Schools prepare low-income high schoolers for college

Bob Lenz, co-founder and CEO of Envision Schools, is not satisfied with teaching history and science: he wants students to practice being historians and scientists. That’s why at his schools…

Interview: Justin Zoradi on soccer, South Africa and…not the World Cup!

Justin Zoradi never expected to write a business plan, much less start his own organization. (“I got a C-minus in microeconomics in college!”) But after a service trip to South…

Interview: How Hannah Taylor launched the Ladybug Foundation (in first grade) and turned empathy and creativity into $2 million to help the homeless

When Hannah Taylor was 5, she saw a man eating out of a trash can.  For the next year, Taylor interrogated her mother with questions about homelessness.  One day, her…

Twitter Roundup – June 18: Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, World Cup fever, and youth entrepreneurship

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the past week: Big news! As…

Drop and give me 25, changemaker! It’s Social Action Boot Camp.

This Saturday, June 19, a host of young people with plans to build a better world will descend on San Francisco for Do Something’s free Social Action Boot Camp, which…